By Kayla Tucker – A&E/Features Editor
Beginning Monday, Grand Rapids Community College’s Campus Activities Board and Student Life will be hosting Welcome Back Week for this year’s winter semester. Students may enjoy learning more about what’s offered at the college as well as free food, merchandise, and entertainment.
The festivities will begin at noon on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with a silent Community Peace March starting at the Ford Fieldhouse. A MLK Commemoration will begin at 12:30 p.m., led by Jaedah Pickens, President of the GRCC Black Student Union, and Bert Bleke, GRCC Board of Trustees chairman. Before the Commemoration, members of CAB will be handing out free hot chocolate to students in the Fieldhouse.
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will be speaking at the Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m.
Club Day is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Raider Grille. Students will have the chance to meet student leaders from about 20 different student clubs. CAB will be handing out free T-shirts to students who join the email list.
Wednesday’s theme is a movie marathon and a pizza party in the Raider Grille. The first movie, “Big Hero 6,” is set to begin at 11 a.m. and Dumb and Dumber 2 will start at 1 p.m.
Thursday students can join the final event of Cocoa, Conversation and Contest in the Raider Grille, deejayed by Wingman from 105.3 Hot Fm. There will be a build-your-own hot cocoa bar and snacks provided. CAB will be hosting a Facebook contest where students post pictures of their hot cocoa with the caption “#cabcocoa or #grcccab.” with the chance to win Raider dollar prizes. About 10 winners will be chosen and announced around 1:45 p.m.
“Students are excited to finally come back to college over the break,” said Brandon Sinclair, CAB President. “It’s a really good way to welcome everybody back…I think that Welcome Week will offer different opportunities for people, if they want to get involved in a club or if they want to learn more about how events work on campus.”